4 things this time: Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (Anansi, 1970) Cheese Cakes by Grant Savage in Butterfly Dreams: Selected Lyrics (editions des petites nuages, 2016), excerpt from Sandra Ridley's Silvija (BookThug, 2016) and What I want by Gwen Benaway in Passage (Kendonce, 2016)
The Preoccupied Cafe by Hannah Scott-Talib (The Long and the Short of It, 2016) and Stimulating, Rogues by rob mclennan in A Perimeter (A New Star, 2016)
David Groulx, the author of 10 books of poetry since 1997. The Wabigoon River Poems, These Threads Become a Thinner Light and The Windigo Chronicles are most recent.
2TIR: Lillian Necakov's Ask (Puddles of Sky, 2016) and Pete Gibbon's Conditionals (Bird, Buried Press, 2016)
July 29, 2010 by Catherine Owen in Designated Mourner, ECW, 2014 and 84J 9 8 78 by Monty Reid in Crawlspace, Anansi Canadian
If I were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You
by Adele Barclay (Nightwood, 2016)
Digsite by Owain Nicholson (Nightwood, 2016)
: excerpts from Notes from the Underground —a summer podcast, on CJSW 90.9 FM, Calgary, with formerly local writer Laurie Fuhr and host Victoria Stanford , excerpts from Monty Reid and myself at Fieldwork/Framework.
Sept 8: my big 6-0 episode with Jessica Moore's
Mend the Living
, Jessica’s translation of the moving and unusual story of a heart transplant by French author Maylis de Kerangal, was nominated for the 2016 Man Booker. Her earlier book Everything, Now
"the body is not a closed thing,/not a shell but a room with windows,/simple vines gathering at the sill"
Sitting on a High Bank over the South Saskachewan River in Leaving Holds Me Here: Selected Poems by Glen Sorestad (Thistledown, 2001) and Postscript
by Steve McOrmond (Wolsak & Wynn, 2004)
Aug 18: Talking with fiction writer, storyteller and journalist
Trying not the remember the Woman in the ER in Ceremony of Touching by Karen Shklanka (Coteau, 2016) and Jubilee: Minnie Tate (1857-?) in Olio by Tyehimba Jess (Wave, 2016)
2TIR: Special 4/time of 2:
by Cameron Anstee in Industrial Sabotage
#65 (Curved H&Z), The mystery deepens
by bpNichol in Returning Two
(1972), Richard Truhlar in memorium
by Damian Lopes in Touch the Donkey #8
untitled by Ruby Spriggs in Switching off the Shadows
(King's Road Press, 1996).
Jennifer Pederson in conversation
about Sawdust and "the bird, philomela", a fund raiser for the rape crisis centre. [which hit #4 in the CKCU charts for the most playbacks in a week.
Conversations with Will by RM Vaughan in Ruined Stars (ECW, 2004) amd
Before I Knew by Amanda Besserer in The Desert and the Flood (Horsebroke Press, 2016)
You Need to do the Laundry by Kim Fu in How Festive the Ambulance (Nightwood, 2016) and I Once Chose to Live Alone by Beverly Cummings in I Take Off My Disguise (The Baton Press, 2016)
May 26: Stuart Ross, author of fiction, essays, poetry
editor for hire and at Mansfield Press with his own imprint and leader in the small press, he's on air to talk about his latest breakthru mainstream poetry collection A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent (W&W, 2016).
Naked by Michael Crummey in Salvage (M&S, 2002) and A
Sudden Gust by Sheryda Warrener from Everything is Floating (Nightwood, 2015)
My Friend Catherine by Nelson Ball in Chewing Water (Mansfield Press, 2016) and Naked by Philip Miletic in Mother 2 Earth (words(on)pages, 2015)
Reading at Railroad Reading Series May 1st, Elee Kraljii Gardiner
's poems skate around skaters in Serpentine Loop
(Anvil, 2016). In 2TIR, Nick Thran is part of Writers Fest this week
2TIR: Nick Thran's Trout
in Mayor Snow
Nightwood, 2015) and Wang Xiaoni's
The One Holding Peanuts in
Something Crosses my Mind
(Zephyr Press, 2014)
Phil Hall, Shannon Maguire, Barâa Araa, Anne Boyer, Ben Ladouceur, Terry Ann Carter, Cathy Petch, André Duhaime, Geneviéve Bouchard, Amal El-Mohtar, and Christian Bök.
2TIR: Herménégilde Chiasson's Beatitudes (Goose Lane, 2007) and
Portrait from Audre Lorde's The Black Unicorn (WW Norton, 1978)
2TIR: Gerald Hill’s What Happened from The Man from Saskatchewan (Couteau Books, 2002), from Anne Boyer’s Sewing from Garments Against Women Ahsahta Press, 2015)
Feb 11: Rachel Rose,
poet laureate of Vancouver with her book, Marry & Burn
, talking about working dogs and poem-making, reading The Introduction
2TIR: A. Swinburne's
Astrophel and other poems and Wislawa Szymborska's Midsummer Night's Dream from Map: Collected and Last Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)
Jan 21: Chris Faiers
has been a stalwart of Ontario writing since the 60s. In 1969 he put out 2 haiku chapbooks. In the intervening time he ran the Main Street Library Series in Toronto and Purdyfest out in Purdy country.
2TIR: Mark McCawley's
No Vacancy in
Last Minute Instructions
(Unfinished Monument 1989) and Lynne Kositsky's
(Unfinished Monument, 1981)
Virgil's Bastard Daughters Sing from Debbie: an Epic by Lisa Robertson (New Star Books (1997) and Confusion from Marry & Burn by Rachel Rose (Harbour Publishing, 2015)
A number of Christmaseque poems including Twas the Night before CanLit Christmas, The Spirit of Christmas
The 1914 Truce by Cal Williams, Charles Sangster's A Christmas poem and more.
2TIR: Sarah Mangold's The Sad Colossal of Yes from Touch the Donkey, issue 7 and various haiku from A Splash of Water (HNA, 2015)
Cocktail by Sneha Madhaven-Reese in Observing the Moon (Hagios, 2015) and Polar Bear Died from Climate Change/At No Interchange by Jamie Sharpe from Cut Up Apologetic (ECW, 2015)
Nov 19: Talking with
poet, editor, essayist, teacher, winner of the 2015 Mayor's Award for Vancouver for contributing to cultural life [author site: Kate Braid]
When my Brother Was an Aztec from the collecton of the same title by Natalie Diaz (Copper Canyon, 2012) and untitled from Their Biography: an organism of relationships by kevin mcpherson ekhoff (BookThug, 2015)
Thanks for all your donations! LitLand made its funding goal and so did the station overall.
Kimberley Dawkins of Chrysalis
is the guest. Funding drive time! We aim to raise $500 for the show.
The Proximity by
John Pass from Selected Early Poems
(Harbour, 2015) and
Saint Monica, Patron Saint of Wives and Abuse Victims, August 27th by
Amanda Earl in A Book of Saints (
, former editor of In/Words, current editor at Arc Poetry Magazine and haibun poet.
2TIR: testimony of a james bay cree by Colin Morton in Printed Matter (Sidereal Press, undated) and Your News Hour is Now Two Hours Long by Karen Solie in The Road In Is Not The Same Road Out (Anansi, 2015)
: Cameron Anstee
, of Apt 9 Press, editor of William Hawkins Collected (Chaudiere, 2015) and with a new chapbook of minimalist poems out this fall. On air
[This show was #7 most popular for playback that week at the station.]
2TIR: The Red Rose Maiden in Legends of the North Lands by Martha Craig (1910) and excerpt from Walter Camerson: Blacksmith of Fallbrook (Musson, 1979).
: Avonlea Fotheringham
talks about workshopping, when to know what help a poem needs, and about her nascent press, Hussy. [This show was #10 at the station that week for playback. JM's show with Julie Mannel was top 10 too.]
2TIR: Tower Sonnet by Hoa Nguyen in Tells of the Crackling (Ugly Duckling Press, 2015) and It wasn't exactly wisdom by Michael Dennis in On Being a Dodo (burnt wine press, 2009)
Episode 40: Jim Larwill
: "the internet is the ultimate open mic". Jim's website has his chapbooks web.ncf.ca/wolf/ The Omnigothic Neofuturist anthology, Speak! came out in 1997 from Broken Jaw Press with Jim Larwill, Craig Carpenter, Michelle Desbarats, Sean Johnston, Rocco Paoletti and Malcolm Todd. But we got sidetracked into Lampman, Pauline Johnston and Canadian identity.
2TIR: "Nonna" and ""Now I am married" by
Maria Scala from
Between O and V: poems (Friday Circle, 2008) and ideas by David Collins from
What do you think?(2001)
talking with Rita Wong
about her new book undercurrents
(Nightwood, 2015), tar sands, the director of Avatar, human capacity for improving our world and poetry.
Opportunity is One More Thing to Feel Anxious About by Marcus McCann in Shut Up Slow Down Let Go Breathe (2015) and The Circus Animals' Desertion by Kay Ryan in Strangely Marked Metal (Copper Beech Press, 1985)
Thinking Ahead to Possible Options and a Worse Case Scenario by James Tate (PoemHunters) and July 15th in Alden Nowlan's Selected Poems (2011)
2TIR: David McGimpsey's
I was always told...from Asbestos Heights (Coach House, 2015) and Dionne Brand's To Roseau from Chronicles of the Hostile Sun (Williams-Wallace, 1984)
Rachel Eugster who has a fringefest play about medieval poet Aemelia Lanyer,
? Also Jessica K Wong who is the stage manager of the production.
from Trish Salah’s Ghazals in Fugue
in Wanting in Arabic
(Tzar, 2002) and from Sina Queyras’ Like a Jet
(Coach House, 2014)
May 14th: David O'Meara
who is reading at the next Sawdust May 20 at Pour Boy.
2TIR: Damian Rogers'
In the Back of a Cab from
( ECW, 2009) and a translation by Jiang Yi of Du Fu's
To Retired Friend Wei from 300 Selected Poems.
Clips from Reading Around Town
with samples from Sawdust with Mike Caesar, Stephen Brockwell, bits from Cocoa Cabin launch with Steven Artelle and Natalie Hanna and from PoeTrain's Ottawa send off reading, a clip of Max Middle's Sound Poetry.
2TIR: is…fog….is: Algonquin Park Haiku by Grant D. Savage (Éditions de petits nuage, 2014) and Yeats.
His latest book is petals in the dark: 15 renku led and edited by Marshall Hryciuk (Catkind Press, 2015). At 23 years old Marshall decided to do 26 books in 5 streams of books: 6 haiku, 6 experimental, 6 translation and 6 other, 2 of unknown kind. He realized the unknown would be dialogues. 15 are done and published. 3 are done but not published and 7 more are started.
2TIR: Flyers by Tomas Transtromer, trans by Don Coles from For the Living and the Dead (Buschek, 1996) and dear muse by Dennis Cooley from Abecedarium
(University of Alberta Press, 2014)
Mar 12: a conversation with the energetic Eric Charlebois on his pun-filled and phrase-coining writing and creative writing programs in prisons. He's one of the featured guests at VERSeFest with his 8th book. Also in the half hour a few words on Versefest and the Poet Laureate program from Rod Pederson.
2TIR: from the process from Surfaces of Sense by Nicole Brossard (Couch House, 1980) and from Ana Historic by Daphne Marlatt (Couch House, 1988)
Feb 19: With Brecken Hancock of Broom Broom, (Coach House, 2014), the feature at the next AB Series along with Fred Wah on Feb 27 at Raw Sugar. We'll be talking about confession, memoir and the role of editing in making poetry.
2TIR: Song of the Exile by Francois Hertel as translated by John Glassco in The Poetry of French Canada (Oxford, 1970) and The Sixth Page from Songs of the Colon by Eileen Tabios (Ahadada Books)
Vavassis is a Montréal ex-pat who currently lives in Ottawa and calls both cities home. Her poems and essays have appeared in Arc, ottawater, Peter F. Yacht Club, Montage, A Crystal Through Which Love Passes: Glosas for P.K. Page, Phafours Press publications, and Studies in Canadian Literature, among others. Once upon a time, she co-founded and ran a little ‘zine called incunabula. Her work has been shortlisted for the Diana Brebner Prize and featured as part of the Parliamentary Poet Laureate’s Poem of the Month Program (Canada). She also has a chapbook forthcoming with Textualis Press and will be reading on Feb. 7, 2015 at the Factory Reading Series.
Catherine Brunet is a high school teacher in the Ottawa Valley. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in Arc, Prairie Fire, Grain, The Literary Review of Canada, The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, Queen's Quarterly, Vallum and other Canadian literary journals. She lives with an engineer and an elderly bulldog.
2TIR: Texture, Louisiana, by rob mclennan (above/ground, 2015) and Passage by Joseph Massey in To Keep Time (Omnidawn, 2014)
Jan 8: with Tracie Morris who will kick of 2015 with the AB Series on January 15th and Kemeny Babineau, who on Jan 9th (along with Jason Christie) kick off the new year with Factory Series.
2TIR: Something of a theme this time binding the two of trees and water: Gerald Manley Hopkins’s Selected, Binsey Poplars and from The Best Canadian Poetry 2014, an excerpt from Sue Goyette’s On Losing Their Father.
Dec 18, Talking with Mia Morgan. “Mia is a voracious reader and writer, and is currently completing her degree in English Literature and Philosophy. She's got a place in her heart for Modern poetry, small press, and fancy sandwiches. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Ottawa Arts Review, and former host of the Blue Mondays reading series. Now, she is hoping to continue her dedication to Ottawa's poetry community while working on her poetry. Her piece “Suburbia” is forthcoming from In/Words press.”
: Behind the Avant Garde
from O My God of Apes and Apples
by Paul Mackan (Publish America, 2011) and The Conversation Below
from Cloudy with a Fire In the Basement
by Ronna Bloom (Pedlar, 2012)
Dec 6: Talking With Frances Boyle, one of 3 features at Railroad Reading Series tonight along with Murray Citron and Ellen Jaffe. She launches Light Carved Passages (Buschek, 2014)
2TIR: Sarah Tolmie's sonnet 22 from Sonnet in a Blue Dress (baseline press, 2014) and Cameron Conaway's Offer from Malaria Poems (Michigan State, 2014)
Nov 27: sounds from Meet the Presses and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014 launch. Including Jess Taylor of Meet the Presses, Heidi Waechtler of Coach House, David McNamara of Sunnyoutside, Gary Barwin of Serif of Nottingham, Nicole William and Brewer Kemp of Words (on) Pages, Nick Power of Gesture Press, Stuart Ross of Mansfield Press, Maureen Hynes from Pedlar and sounds from the Best of Canadian Poetry Launch with Molly Peacock, Sonnet L'Abbé, and poem bits from Nick Thran and Moez Surani.
2TIR: Sarah Burgoyne's it was not in parks that I learned humility in Love the Sacred Raisin Cakes (baseline press, 2014) and Jan Conn's Battered Civilization in The Best Canadian Poetry 2014 (Tightrope, 2014)
Nov 6: with
Monty Reid, poet with over a dozen trade collections since the 1970s, Ottawa snagged him from the prairies. Working with Arc, Versefest and on his latest books, Garden (Chaudiere Books, 2014) and Host, forthcoming.
: Kenneth Patchen's & So the Little Field Mouse Said
in Hallelujah Anyway
(New Directions, 1960) and Sue Goyette's Eight
Oct 16: Shery Alexander Heinis and Roland Prevost
two upcoming Ottawa poets, one with a first chapbook and one with a first poetry book. Shery Alexander Heinis was born and raised on the island of St. Lucia. A Greater Whole is her first chapbook. Roland Prevost four chapbooks and his book Singular Plurals (Chaudiere). He was managing editor of Poetics.ca, and founding managing editor of seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics. He lives and writes in Ottawa.
: Gil McElroy's JD2456634
from Touch the Donkey 3
and Rachael Simpson's Wild Tansy
(Apt 9, 2014).
with Wanda Praamsma about her new BookThug title, a thin line between and about writing a long poem where she talks about rooting the external in the internal.
The Scattered Congregation by Tomas Tranströmer from Sound Ideas: Hearing and Speaking Poetry by B. Eugene McCarthy and Fran Quinn (Hobblebush, 2013) and Responsibility for Shoes by Erin Mouré from The Green Word (Oxford, 1994). A bonus track of Nod to Bob (for Bob Cobbing) by Paul Dutton off his CD Mouth Pieces (OHM éditions, 2000)
with Helen Guri who is the author of Match, (Coach House, 2011), shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She works as a freelance nonfiction editor and advises on poetry acquisitions for Brick Books. We're talking about her new book and crowds theory.
2TIR: Robert Priest's poem The Non-Violent Boxer in Waging Peace ( Penumbra, 2002) Susan Holbrook's As Good as I Get in Touch the Donkey 2.
2TIR: Derek Walcott's poem XIII from Midsummer Poems (Noonday, 1981) and Beth Follett's Things that Fit in the Palm from her chapbook, A Thinking Woman Sleeps with Monsters (Apt 9, 2014).
: Kevin McPherson Eckhoff's ancestorge
(Snare, 2013) & Nicholas Power's untitled from Melancholy Scientist
, (Tekseditions, 2014)
Also Brad Morden who is hosting an event with Buddy Wakefield, OpenSecret & Philosi-Fire on July 11th. [Details.]
: Archibald Lampman's
(Borealis Press, 1976) and Martha Solano's
After Reading there Might be an Infinite Number of Dimensions
The Little Office of Immaculate Conception
2TIR: Diane Tucker,
Basilique Notre Dame, Ottawa
from Bonsai Love (Harbour, 2014) and Peg Bresnahan's
At the Mane Attraction at Brevard from
In a Country None of Us Called Home (Press 63, 2014)
with John Pass on his books Stumbling in the Bloom & crawlspace (Harbour), on chiropractors and geography in poetry
2TIR: Aisha Sasha John The Moment When You Understand from Thou (BookThug) & My Mind is My Grandchild from Jane Munro from Blue Sonoma (Brick).
2TIR: Lee Ann Brown's Sarvis from In the Laurels, Caught & Robert Earl Stewart's Praying Mantis Bakesale in Something Burned Along the Southern Border.
2TIR: Amy Clampitt's Palm Sunday from Selected Poems (Knoff) & Philomene Kocher's tanka from Singing in the Silo (Catkin Press).
2TIR: Nelson Ball's Yikes from Minutiae & excerpt from Czandra's radish ~ a singularity.
Jan 2, 2014: Shane Rhodes talks about his book X: Poems & Anti-Poems, his time as poet laureate in Australia & the face of racism towards natives in Canada.
Dec 5, 2013: Marco Fraticelli
about his new book, Drifting
(Catkin Press, 2013). It is made from excerpts of Celesta's found diaries. Learn the life of a single mom, nanny in love with her boss, in the early 1900s.
Nov 7, 2013: Stephen Brockwell
talking about Complete Surprising Fragments of Improbable Books
(Mansfield Press, 2013). It's a book you'll want to own. Also, Kate Hunt and I are on hand with other books to win by donating to CKCU— the draw. Winners are Matthiew Corsier, Chris White and Susan McMaster. One more package to give between Nov 8-10.
Sept 19, 2013: Tribute to Richard Truhlar
: Filling in as host with a look back at Truhlar, poet, artist, writer, musician, member of Owen Sound. His composition, Glass on the Beach, has become a standard piece in Messagio Galore Sound performances.
Sept 12, 2013: Deanna Young
talking about Tree, the new opening in Tree directorship, OPL workshops, and her recent work, in Prism and upcoming with Brick Books.